PopeWatch: Luther Stamp

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017

I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.

Martin Luther

PopeWatch pities satirists trying to keep up with this Vatican:

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Major events such as Christmas, Easter, the Holy Year of Mercy, and the World Meeting of Families have also merited a commemorative stamp. In the time before a Papal election, when the seat of Peter is vacant, the Philatelic and Numismatic office issues a “Sede Vacante” stamp.

Usually if individuals are commemorated on stamps they are saints, such as Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII, who most recently were honored with stamps.

While the Vatican has in the past collaborated with other national post offices to create stamps that are not of explicitly religious content, such as Charlie Chaplain or the fall of the Berlin wall, the Luther stamp has an undeniable religious connotation linked with much hostility to the Catholic Church.

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5 Responses to Baby Goats Open Thread

  • In this era, Goats are Good! Sheep are Bad.
    The Vatican tells me so.

  • “I’M GONNA TELL MOM !!!

  • Goats are good, sheep are better. I think the jury may still be out on “Homo sapien sapiens” . . . at least judging by my newsfeed and FB. Sigh. Great Lent cannot come soon enough.
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    Thank you for posting a daily smile.

  • Off-topic….my firstborn turns nine tomorrow. He is halfway to being a legal adult. Earlier this week my youngest started the kindergarten registration. He takes hockey lessons. I have a little boy and a big boy…… no babies anymore.

  • penguins fan.

    You are blessed!
    Congratulations.
    Peace to your family….your “boys.”…and your entire tribe.

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to your nine year old young man! Peace!

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Obama Commutes Sentence of Un-Repentant Terrorist

Wednesday, January 18, AD 2017

 

 

I have been highly critical of President Obama.  In the closing days of his term in office I see that I have not been critical enough:

 

The last imprisoned member of the Puerto Rican independence group that terrorized New York in the 1970s will be a free man in May — 20 years ahead of schedule.

President Obama granted a commutation Tuesday to FALN mastermind Oscar López Rivera, who’s served 35 years of his 55-year sentence.

During the 1970s and 80s, López Rivera was part of FALN, or Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, a group seeking to liberate Puerto Rico from U.S. control.

FALN placed more than 130 bombs in American cities — including one in New York on Jan. 24, 1975. The explosive went off in busy Fraunces Tavern during lunch hour. Four people died, including Frank Connor, a 33-year-old father.

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  • I’m reminded of those “B” grade horror movies when near the climax, the good guy removes the good-looking rubber face and reveals his true identity–usually grotesque or Satanic. I’m predicting a last minute pardon for Hillary. It will thus, with perfect timing, take the news and public eyes off of Trump’s inauguration as president. Payback is the Chicago way.

  • Corrupt center left (redundant) double standards update: Exposing to Wikileaks DNC emails is treason; exposing US military secrets (like troop strength, dispositions, covert operators) – NO BIG DEAL.

    Also disgusting is the idiot media (redundant) referring to this sac of human flotsam as “she.”

  • Birds of a feather. Look at the big picture. Obama, Holder, Lynch, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, et al did more extensive and lasting damage to America and Americans than all the bombers and all the jihadis.

  • Transgender soldier who aided the enemy is another one to add to Obama’s list of unsung heroes and heroines.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/17/politics/chelsea-manning-sentence-commuted/index.html

    Obama is leaving behind a legacy of failures. Race relations, healthcare, abuses to freedom of religion, aggressive anti-life measures to have taxpayer funded abortions and placing our daughters in harm’s way with his unthinkable bathroom legislation.

    This egomaniac has trashed America.

    It’s fitting that his heroes and heroines are terrorist.

  • I’m a lot less worried about a Hillary pardon than all of these others. Corrupt politician is a substantially less bad than terrorist or traitor. I’m not a fan of Hillary or a pardon for her, but I just don’t want her to distract us from some pretty despicable pardons that have taken place.

  • If you read back issues of Harper’s, The New York Review of Books and The Nation from about 1985, you know what Obama thinks. If you read Sowell’s Vision of the Anointed and Hollandar’s Political Pilgrims, you will have deft dissections and histories of that thinking. Obama’s not at all unusual among the bourgeois advanced-degree types that populate the Democratic Party. He’s an indicator of cultural pathology, rather like pus. He hung around Wm. Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, he’s indulgent with idiotic murderous PR nationalists, he’s indulgent with the Castro brothers. He is that way because in his social circles, it’s status-lowering to be repelled by such people. It’s also status-lowering to call Bradley Manning what he is: an attention whore who has spent the last 15 years making everyone around him miserable and injuring people and institutions which succored him. That a faction of the left admires this man and that you’d really have to scrounge to find a leftist who despises him is indicative of just what the left values and what their moral sentiments are really worth.

  • Art Deco.

    🐛 When Obama was given the infamous honor of having a parasitic worm named after him, I knew from that moment on, that finally someone else understood the moral sentiments of the first black president.

  • This was posted on September 8th..
    Birthday present of sorts from our Lady, or just coincidence?

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/09/08/barack-obama-officially-a-parasite-after-scientists-name-worm-after-president/

  • A terrorist has declared war on America, disenfranchised himself and ought to be tried under the articles of war. An unrepentant murderer who has refused to admit his crimes must be kept under lock and key to protect the citizens from jeopardy of life. Obama shows who he really is: a murderer with no conscience nor concern to represent his constituents. Obama disenfranchises himself every time he ignores his constituents; every American citizen. Obama must be impeached.

  • Overheard : Whispered conversation between Obama and the Russian Ambassador, ‘Tell Vladimir me and Rivera will have more flexability when I leave the White House.’ Timothy R.

  • I emphatically agree with T. Shaw. How the Obama govt can consider revelations on DNC emails to be equivalent to treason, but revelations on military preparedness is a no never mind is frankly astounding and unfathomable.
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    I also agree that the only reason the sentence of this person – now neither a “he” nor a “she” but an “it” – has been commuted is because this person joined the ranks of Obama’s legions of LGBTQ sexual perverts in self-mutilation which the left regards as more heroic than a CIA agent or a soldier or marine giving his life on the battlefield.
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    These among many other reasons are why I truly hate the left. Even on its worst days of RINO-ism, the right could never equal the left in such a blatant display of hypocrisy.

  • Roberts’ Rule of Order, Point of Information. Each four years the people of Puerto Rico vote in a referendum as to their desires: commonwealth/status quo, independence, or statehood. The status quo remains due to the voters’ choice. Obama has perpetuated the left’s lie (it’s all lies) that Puerto Rico is a “colony” and that Puerto Rican “freedom fighters” are morally-bound to kill innocent Americans to overturn the votes of the majority of the people of Puerto Rico.

  • T.Shaw…that alone makes Obama a terrorist. Maybe we can get him on the “no fly list”. Timothy R.

  • It comforts me to know that we are seeing only that which the Lord allows us to see. Remember Dathan ?
    TR

  • And over 300 major drug dealers.

  • It has been more than apparent who Obama is for years.

  • He is the “Flim Flam Man “. Which shell do you thing it’s under ? Timothy R.

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PopeWatch: Blind Man

Wednesday, January 18, AD 2017

 

 

Sandro Magister brings us an english translation of Cardinal Caffarra’s explanation as to why the Four Cardinals wrote to the PopeL

CAFFARRA: “WHY WE WROTE TO THE POPE”

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We cardinals have the grave duty of advising the pope in the governance of the Church. It is a duty, and duties are obligatory.

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Only a blind man could deny that in the Church there is great confusion, uncertainty, insecurity caused by some paragraphs of “Amoris Laetitia.” In recent months it has been happening that on the same fundamental questions concerning the sacramental economy – marriage, confession, and Eucharist – and Christian life, some bishops have said A, and others have said the opposite of A. With the intention of giving a good interpretation of the same texts.

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There is only one way to get to the bottom of this: to ask the author of the text that has been interpreted in two contradictory ways what is the correct interpretation. There is no other way. Next came the problem of the way in which to approach the pope. We chose a way that is very traditional in the Church, what are called “dubia.” […] This was done in a private manner, and only when we were certain that the Holy Father would not respond did we decide to publish.

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The problem is precisely this: that on fundamental points there is not a good understanding of what the pope is teaching, as demonstrated by the conflict of interpretations among bishops. We want to be docile to the pope’s magisterium, but the pope’s magisterium must be clear.

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The division already existing in the Church is the cause of the letter [of the four cardinals to the pope – editor’s note], not its effect.

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To conceive a pastoral practice not founded and rooted in doctrine means founding and rooting pastoral practice on inclination. A Church that pays little attention to doctrine is not a more pastoral Church, but a more ignorant Church.

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The evolution of doctrine has always accompanied Christian thought. [But} if there is one clear point, it is that there is no evolution where there is contradiction. If I say that S is P and then I say that S is not P, the second proposition does not develop the first, but contradicts it. Already Aristotle had correctly taught that enunciating a universal affirmative principle (for example: all adultery is wrong) and at the same time a particular negative proposition having the same subject and predicate (for example: some adultery is not wrong), this is not making an exception to the former. It is contradicting it.

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Can the minister of the Eucharist (usually the priest) give the Eucharist to a person who lives “more uxorio” with a woman or a man who is not the wife or husband, and does not intend to live in continence? […] Has “Amoris Laetitia” taught that, given certain specific circumstances and after going through a certain process, the faithful could receive the Eucharist without resolving to live in continence? There are bishops who have taught that this is possible. By a simple deduction of logic, one must therefore also teach that adultery is not evil in itself and of itself.

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Conscience is the place where we come up against the central pillar of modernity. […] One who saw this in the most lucid manner imaginable was Blessed John Henry Newman. In the famous letter to the duke of Norfolk, he says: “All through my day there has been a resolute warfare, I had almost said conspiracy against the rights of conscience.” Further ahead he adds that in the name of conscience, true conscience is destroyed.

This is why among the five “dubia” doubt number five [the one on conscience – editor’s note] is the most important. There is a passage in “Amoris Laetitia,” at no. 303, that is not clear; it seems – I repeat: it seems – to admit the possibility that there may be a true judgment of conscience (not invincibly erroneous; this has always been admitted by the Church) in contradiction with that which the Church teaches as having to do with the deposit of divine Revelation. It seems. And that is why we raised the doubt with the pope.

Newman says that “did the Pope speak against Conscience in the true sense of the word, he would commit a suicidal act. He would be cutting the ground from under his feet.” These are matters of breathtaking gravity. Private judgment would be raised up as the ultimate criterion of moral truth. Never say to a person: “Always follow your conscience,” without always and immediately adding: “Love and seek the truth about the good.” You would be putting into his hands the weapon most destructive of his humanity.

(English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)

 

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Hamilton: Art Fails as Politics

Tuesday, January 17, AD 2017

 

The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect of such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.

Alexander Hamilton, “Examination of Jefferson’s Message to Congress of December 7, 1801” (1802)

 

 

 

 

I have rather liked the musical Hamilton, although I have understood that it bore only an accidental relationship to the history it purported to represent.  However, at Reason Nicholas Pell has a scathing review of Hamilton, and he makes some good points:

 

 

Some are irritated about the people who aren’t white playing white people, but I’m not. The whole production plays so fast and loose with the truth that it’s hard to pick any particular piece to criticize, there’s a reality correlation approximating that of the Weekly World News. At the top of the list, though, has to be casting Alexander Hamilton as some sort of proto-multicultural progressive. That’s either stupidity or mendacity, take your pick. Hamilton was, if anything, the most aristocratic of the Founding Fathers, the closest thing to a Colonial Tory. You know that electoral college you’ve been gnashing your teeth over for the last couple months? Guess whose idea that was?

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  • More (as if more were needed) proof that everything written or broadcast by a liberal is essentially untrue.

  • I hope nobody went to Hamilton to learn the history. But then, that’s my hope with most productions – which isn’t bad. As long as we know better, even the most twisted versions of history can be enjoyable. Just don’t get our info about the history from them.

  • Every author has an agenda, whether he realizes or not. Make sure that the author’s agenda is scrutinized by the audience. Life is too short to be seduced and succumb to nonsense. An example: author Ian Fleming, (James Bond) believed that all law was the “crystalization of man’s prejudice” I guess Ian Fleming did not believe that murderers ought to be punished and a person’s killing is OK…not

  • ” Life is too short to … succumb to nonsense” Amen

  • Though the author at Reason made a few fair points, he overshot the mark. His subjective dislike in the music is fine – I’m generally no fan of rap myself – but he comes off sounding as a crank. His politics aside, Miranda is artistically gifted, and the deeper you dive into the lyrics the more impressive his artistry becomes.

    I’ve gotten past most of the historical liberties, though “the Election of 1800” can be more difficult to overlook.

    The greater issue is Miranda doesn’t actually understand Hamilton’s political thought. As I wrote on my blog, Hamilton’s writing on immigration don’t sound all that dissimilar to Mark Krikorian’s. Meanwhile, one of the antagonists of the musical is Jefferson. For example, the old timey music that accompanies Jefferson – another subtle sign of Miranda’s artistic genius – is meant to signify Jefferson as being the one with outdated, old-fashioned ideas, yet it is Jefferson’s politics that line up more with Miranda’s than Hamilton.

    The final nail in the coffin is Miranda promising to play the part of Hamilton in the Chicago showing of the musical for Oscar Lopez Rivera. As i wrote on Facebook, I don’t think the man who was set to shoot rabble rousers during the Whiskey Rebellion would appreciate being the centerpiece of an exhibition meant to honor a convicted terrorist.

  • The only difference between acting and bigotry, is the expensive sets and the exorbitant pay of the actors.
    Timothy R.

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28 Responses to PopeWatch: Baffling

  • Riddle me this, riddle me that.
    It sounds like an anti Trump tweet.

  • The tweet should read:
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    “There can never be true peace until Jesus Christ returns at the Parousia.”
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    Jorge Bergoglio like all liberal progressives believe that if man does just the right thing – the liberal progressive thing – then man can create peace on earth and a truly human paradise, and all that flies straight in the face of the teaching of Sacred Scripture and 2000 years of Sacred Tradition. Man cannot ever create peace on earth nor a human paradise. Cannot be done. Will not be done.

  • Lol….two things: most of the globe is unbaptised and in original sin except in those cases wherein God has cleansed some furtively; Christ said most human beings are on the broad road to destruction. If the Pope would tour the prisons of the largest Catholic population, Brazil, where there have just been inmate wars resulting in deaths and decapitations in several prisons, he would stop his Kahlil Gibran impressions.

  • I’ve avoided Twitter of which another blogger dubbed communication smut, but I read some of his past Tweets and while many were rather saccharine, in one he did invoke Mary’s protection which I found encouraging as it seems these days invoking the saints by Catholics is ecumenically incorrect.

    But otherwise it just drives home for me the idea that modern language isn’t even fossil poetry, it’s fossil ideology and I understand why Tolkien said in 1943 that when liberalism eventually swallowed the whole world he would refuse to speak anything but Old Mercian.

  • I cannot imagine he writes his tweets. If he does, I take it he’s given to solitary tippling in the evening. Likely some nice old wine in the Vatican cellars.

  • A meaningless statement. He was probably thinking in terms of companies that sell guns. Most of the people who read it are going to think about progressive gender theory. Leo the Great would have sounded dumb on Twitter, because it’s not a good forum for communication, but this pope is no Leo the Great.

  • And Don, I like the new look of the site, but there are two annoying “features”. The window for typing up comments is one and a half lines tall, and after you submit a comment you don’t get a whole refreshed thread, just the one comment.

  • ” He was probably thinking in terms of companies that sell guns. Most of the people who read it are going to think about progressive gender theory.”
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    That’s the way I took it-gender theory.
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  • “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal identity.”
    Every sovereign person made in the image of God in free will and intellect may not be, cannot be violated. If and when an individual violates himself as in addiction to sodomy or sex change, that individual loses his sovereignty over himself and even his citizenship. Sovereign personhood institutes the sovereign state. If one sovereign person is violated, the sovereign state suffers. The malefactor must be brought to Justice and Truth.

  • Brevity is the soul of witlessness. Else, his true religion is secular liberalism not Roman Catholicism.

  • “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her identity.” PF

    I beg your pardon.

    There can never be true peace until the individual finds himself or herself in the likeness of God. This comes in the form of loosing oneself for the betterment of another. When the selfless act of placing yourself last in an effort to supporting another becomes natural then the identity of self becomes apparent. Then the violation of identity isn’t a perversion of self induced glorification based upon “feelings” but the true formation of identity is grounded in the knowledge of love of others which begets love of God, and in that truth one is identified as being a child of God. That is not a violation, but a freedom which indeed is far above transgender identity, lifestyle choice or other perversions which are adopted today as being merciful, ” true to what and who you are.”

    That the idea of “I’m okay..Your okay,” ..is a falsehood. Consultation with Christian based professional application is valuable because it deals with body, mind and soul..since the soul continues on for eternity.

    Western consultation is worthless.

  • I do not know what to make of the Holy Father’s remark, but “Personal identity” normally refers to a problem that has bedevilled philosophy, ever since Descartes’s famous “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am)

    Locke put his finger on the problem: might not the thinking substance which thought the thought “I did it” be a different thinking substance from the one that could have had the thought: “I am doing it” when the act was done? In the jargon, this is called the “re-identification problem.”

    Hume asks us to consider what impression gives us our concept of self. However closely we examine our own experiences, we never observe anything beyond a series of transient feelings, sensations, and impressions. We can never be directly aware of ourselves, only of what we are experiencing at any given moment. He concluded that the self is just a bundle of perceptions, like links in a chain. To look for a unifying self beyond those perceptions is like looking for a chain apart from the links that constitute it. To ask what “I” denotes in “! Am thinking this thought” is like asking what “It” denotes in “It is raining.”

    There is another problem: how to connect this Cartesian Ego with its (?) body. As Miss Anscombe put it.” If you are a speaker who says “I,” you do not find out what is saying “I.” You do not for example look to see what apparatus the noise comes out of and assume that that is the sayer; or frame the hypothesis of something connected with it that is the sayer. If that were in question, you could doubt whether anything was saying “I.” As, indeed, you can doubt whether anything is saying it out loud. (And sometimes that doubt is correct.)”

    There is a solution, of course. A “person” is a living, human body (“The person over there,” “Offences against the Person”) that has reflexive (non-observational) awareness of its thoughts, sensations, posture, intentions and so on. No question of re-identification or of the connection between a reified “mind” and this body can arise. Talk of “selves” is simply a misconstrual of the reflexive pronoun.

  • Personal identity? Obviously this, at least to me, comes directly from the bible of Political correctness. It sounds like something Obama would say. What the Pope is talking about are homosexuals, transgenders, bisexuals and other perverts. This is another example of Pope Francis penchant for perversion of the truth.

    He should have said we are all children of God and should treat others accordingly.

  • To put oneself in the hands of God, body and soul, is an act of the free will and answers the question: “Who am I”

  • “I will, therefore, I am.”

    Fiat.

    Excellent Mary.

  • I believe it goes back to the first battle, with Lucifer and St. Michael. I will not serve. Also,
    The very first deception…”Then your eyes will be open..” ..Adam and Eve.

    The, I Am the Immaculate Conception, is a brilliant testimony of the identity that is worthy of seeking and once found, replicating the virtues as best as one can.
    The transformation of virtues for vices is the unseen works of God and when completed, resembles the identity of the whole person as created by the Creator in the beginning. Impossible?
    No.
    An ongoing process?
    Yes.

    The perfection of identity is found in Saints.

    So many great examples to choose from.

    This, I believe, is true identity transformation.

    Worthy to be taught from the Church Militant…Not adopting cultural disordered behavior as being an example of identity.

  • I once sat on the parking lot of a troublesome Bar, in my Police Cruiser, and watched a drunk make repeated attempts to put his key in his car’s door. Suddenly, he saw me, waddled up to my window, and shouted, “Don’t just sit there ! Help me get in my car”! Timothy R.

  • He meant: “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal safe space.”

  • Addendum : I am assuming that it all had a happy ending. I had always heard that the breakfasts were delicious up in the Jail. I called it…”Drunk & Donuts”.

  • One “quarter song” coming up : The Pope is trying to share with us Kurt Lewin’s Field Theory. Lewin was a Psychological Theorist who dwelled on what he termed “Life Space”. He taught that the field of Psychology had become too STATIC, or too Aristotleian. He wanted to see a shift toward the field being more Galileian, with the focus more dynamic. There is a commercial on TV, advertising chewing gum, of all things, that has plagiarized not only the concept of “Life Space” from my old textbook ( 1981 ), but also stolen the picture of two people facing each other, with the “circle” of Life Space between them. That is all Frances is trying to show us. Timothy R.

  • Ps. I hold a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Evansville, 1985. Timothy R.

  • Timothy, happily knowing your decidedly Catholic bias, I daresay you would today be unable to obtain a degree in psychology. You would tell the trruth in class and answer with the truth on your exams, and for that reason alone be denied a passing grade. In my book that makes you not a failure but heroic.

  • A short translation, if I may : The Pope wants us to quit being so standoffish with each other. “Body language is often more revealing than words and we humans are capable of much more. Don’t “stand your ground”, interface. If I had a flag, I’de wave it and shout, “Go team!” Team Human ! Timothy R.

  • Thanks for the cue, LQC; I am taking what you said seriously. Unfortunately, you are probably correct. TR.

  • Timothy Reed wrote, “Body language is often more revealing than words…”

    It is indeed. Wittgenstein asks, “Suppose you came as an explorer into an unknown country with a language quite strange to you. In what circumstances would you say that the people there gave orders, understood them, obeyed them, rebelled against them, and so on?”

    We can learn a great deal about people, simply by watching them.

  • During my lengthy career as a Police Officer, Mike, I would estimate that, at least 80% of the criminals I identified, and later arrested thru followup, I had gotten onto thru simple observation of Body Language.
    Ninety nine percent of whom were convinced that somebody had “squealed” on them, because they were convinced that “no Cop could be smart enough to figure it out.” I loved the look on peoples’ face when I would tell them, “Bigotry can be a good thing”. I loved being taken for “stupid”. I should have gotten an Oscar ! Timothy R.

  • They love me ! Really love me ! Or not. TR

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January 11, 1989: Reagan Farewell Address

Tuesday, January 17, AD 2017

 

My fellow Americans, this is the 34th time I’ll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We’ve been together eight years now, and soon it’ll be time for me to go. But before I do, I wanted to share some thoughts, some of which I have been saving for a long time.

It’s been the honor of my life to be your President. So many of you have written the past few weeks to say thanks, but I could say as much to you. Nancy and I are grateful for the opportunity you gave us to serve.

One of the things about the Presidency is that you’re always somewhat apart. You spend a lot of time going by too fast in a car someone else is driving, and seeing the people through tinted glass – the parents holding up a child, and the wave you saw too late and couldn’t return. And so many times I wanted to stop, and reach out from behind the glass, and connect. Well, maybe I can do a little of that tonight.

People ask how I feel about leaving, and the fact is parting is “such sweet sorrow.” The sweet part is California, and the ranch, and freedom. The sorrow? The goodbyes, of course, and leaving this beautiful place.

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  • And now, the President Elect has chosen this man for one of his assistants:
    Chris Liddell, the Kiwi joining Donald Trump’s administration as an assistant to the President and director of Strategic Initiatives, is one of New Zealand’s leading businessmen.

    The 58-year-old’s impressive C.V. includes stints as the chief financial officer of Microsoft and General Motors.

    While at GM, he helped engineer its US$23 billion float in 2010 – at the time one of the biggest sharemarket listings in history.

    The chairman of accounting software maker Xero, the father-of-two has held positions as the CFO of International Paper, a chief executive of Carter Holt Harvey and co-CEO of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston.

    A companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit, Liddell also chairs Next Foundation – an environmental and education fund.

    Liddell told the Herald in late 2015 that he sees philanthropy as a natural extension of his business career. “I don’t see them as two separate things – just a natural part of life’s journey.” Liddell said at the time that he came from a “relatively poor” background.

    “My father died when I was young and left my mother with five kids at school,” he said.

    “If it hadn’t been for the New Zealand education system and all the other things that we benefit from in New Zealand, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I’ve had.”
    As I’ve told you before, those damned Kiwis are everywhere, infiltrating places of power, and changing the world to the “Kiwi Way”. 😉

  • During my lifetime, I would regard Ronald Reagan as my favorite U.S. President. We the People should have at least a basic understanding of the Constitution and American history. He left office nearly 30 years ago. But his farewell speech has a valuable lesson for us today. Thank you Mr. Reagan.

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Frederick Douglass

Monday, January 16, AD 2017

 

 

In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone, — your interference is doing him positive injury.

January 26, 1865-Frederick Douglass

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PopeWatch: Beyond Parody

Monday, January 16, AD 2017

 

 

PopeWatch does wonder at times if this pontificate is a divine practical joke:

 

Life and family experts are calling it “scandalous,” “shocking,” “confusing,” and “perplexing” that the Vatican would invite Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement, to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference.

“The fact that Paul Ehrlich is advertised as a speaker at the Vatican’s ‘Biological Extinction’ conference is scandalous,” Maria Madise, manager of Voice of the Family, told LifeSiteNews.

“Through its choice of speakers, the Pontifical Academies running the event are giving an unmistakable message of sympathy for the radical environmental agenda, despite it going hand in hand with abortion, birth control, and a total lack of compassion for the real poor in today’s world, the unborn children,” she said.

Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world,” a story LifeSiteNews broke earlier this week. 

The Stanford biologist champions sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. It is impossible to calculate the possible millions of deaths globally the man and his population control ideas might indirectly be responsible for over the past five decades — ideas that are forcefully employed in countries such as China, India, Kenya, and many others.

Ehrlich called for “compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion” in his 1977 book Ecoscience, as a way to fight population growth.

He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people “throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.”

The conference, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences (PAS) and Social Sciences (PASS), will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between the world’s population and what the earth is capable of producing.

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  • It’s not the smoke of Satan that has wafted into the Vatican, it’s the entire inferno, flames and stench.

    Satan’s handiwork via Obama:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/12/pew-report-religion-plummets-america-obama-era/

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

  • ……And to compare garbage / children…
    Ghastly!

    When I read this bit about PF wanting Card. Burke to clean up Malta, I thought it amusing….Since I have a gut feeling the head Mason is sitting in the Chair of Peter.
    If this guest speaker is indeed allowed to speak ……Well….Actions speak louder than words.

    To Card. Burke…Go get ’em ALL!
    Start in Rome.
    https://www.ewtn.co.uk/news/europe/pope-ordered-card-burke-to-clean-out-freemasons-from

  • Christ didn’t invite Satan to speak at the Sermon on the Mount, for good reason. Neither should Christ’s Church contaminate the truth by inviting the thoughts of the enemy of truth.

  • “He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people ‘throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.'”
    .
    Maybe Ehrlich should take that statement to heart and abort himself post birth as the garbage that he says new human beings are. I truly despise liberalism from the depths of my being.

  • There’s nothing the man’s ever said of note to general audiences that wasn’t subsequently discredited or a manifest scam to begin with. Just read the disaster scenarios in The Population Bomb or recall that Julian Simon pwnd him quite thoroughly over mineral prices. (Simon let him pick the resource prices in question). As late as about 1993, he was offering cock-and-bull figures for the quantum of net primary productivity being consumed by humans. He’s a con man. This is item #637 in the file marked “Francis is mediocre and surrounds himself with mediocrities who do not challenge or embarrass him”

  • Francis is not Catholic. Yet more proof. By there fruit you will know them.

  • There is something else I would like to say about the non-existent Population Explosion, and I have said it before. With safe, clean, low-cost energy we can produce all the food and other essentials of human prosperity that we need. It is all a matter of energy supply. And God has endowed Earth’s crust with enough uranium and thorium to do exactly that with fast breeder reactors. With that energy we can:
    .
    (1) Produce hydrogen fuel from water via thermo-catalytic splitting and liquid hydrocarbon fuel from coal via the Fischer Tropsch process
    (2) Desalinate sea water into fresh water to make the deserts bloom (the UAE is building four APR1400 gigantic reactors on the Persian Gulf to help do exactly that – I was offered a job to work there)
    (3) Produce fertilizer from organic waste
    (4) Etc.
    .
    We do NOT have a population problem.
    .
    We do NOT have an energy problem.
    .
    We have a problem of SIN – greed, lust for power, pride, envy – those are our problems. We got enough of everything because God endowed this planet with all we need. And there’s the entire solar system out there – all reachable via NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) propulsion that we actually built and tested in the 1960s! We can get helium-3 from the moon for fusion reactors. We can mine the asteroids for metals. There’s no resource problem. And there is no need to keep major sections of the world’s population in abject misery and poverty. But first we got to fix our insides before we can fix our outsides. And that is what Pope Francis does NOT preach: repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

  • If the pontiff were a mediocrity, that would be a vast improvement.

  • It’s possible we do have a population problem– there’s a consistent pattern of the populations being much, much smaller than reported. Possibly because all the encouragements for estimating push in the same direction, towards a higher estimate. Be it foreign aid, or surveys where you ask traditional culture men on the street how many children they have, publicly questioning their masculinity….
    **********
    In general, I want these guys to talk. Ehrlich is a hack, and if his claims were more publicly known he’d be a laughing stock.
    I don’t think a Vatican conference is going to do much for allowing public confrontation of claims, though….

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  • We can mine the asteroids for metals.

    The brother of my Father-in-law drives a truck in Maine with a bumper sticker that reads:

    Earth First. We can mine the other planets later

    As for Franciscus, ABS has a desire to pay him no mind but

    He is laying waste to the Faith
    Trying to turn trads into wraiths

    One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished

  • Again and again, P. Francis is almost exactly modeling the coping behavior and steadily growing, erratic thought processes of a man I once worked with, he being in a key position of a Catholic institution —and one who desperately hid for years his slow-growing, inoperable brain cancer—he wouldn’t relinquish his position.

    I have mentioned before the article in the Italian news journal Quotidiana from October,2015, that chronicled significant details regarding a world-renowned brain cancer expert from Duke University and U.of Pisa medical faculties, who met with and assessed Bergoglio at that time. The dark spot found on his brain was considered “benign” supposedly. To me the meaning is probably that it was likely inoperable, even if it could be accessed.

    Back to the first person in my story: “E” was always very socially adept, power-loving, and quite intellectually high-powered: but gradually we started noting times when his emotions, especially. anger, dripped out, in, at first little snide remarks; then later, increasingly biting and eventually quite offensive and blatantly hostile remarks (people enjoy “eating feces”, a potential example). He began to disappear for days with hushed explanations–have you noticed that seems to be happening with Papa Francis? It turned out “E” was checking himself into a SF peninsula hospital where he was not well-known and could conceal his breakdowns. Still, his thinking, like this man’s, became progressively erratic and his circle of trusted associates, smaller and smaller, also like this man’s, every day nearly, the outbursts more unignorable. Finally, after a series of debacles, he had to be confronted and removed. It was pure hell for everyone. Only then did the true diagnosis become public.

    Yes, I think Bergoglio is a sick man, but like “E”, his fingers are tightly, relentlesdly, wrapped around that orb of power.

  • It is happenings like this–so contrary to natural law–that causes one think of extinction events. The irony of Pope Francis actions are inescapable. Western populations are already in decline as a result of abandoning the teaching of the Catholic Church. These populations are now being overrun by the new barbarians from the East. If anything, a Vatican population conference should try to figure out ways to increase the population which should begin with a return to orthodox Catholicism. What can we conclude? We are witnessing the ‘suicide of the west’ at the hands of the Catholic Church. Our Lady of Fatima, it is time for divine intervention.

  • “One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished.” Over a year ago, I read of reports that Pope Francis could have a brain tumor/brain cancer. The Vatican denied this, but a Dr. Fukushima, who is a brain cancer specialist apparently stated that a dark spot on the pope’s brain could possibly be treatable. Dr. Fukushima went to the Vatican more than once and met with several cardinals, and his staff is reported to have been instructed to make no comment on the matter. I recall that during Pope Paul VI’s visit to Manila during his pontificate he was attacked by a man wielding a knife or other sharp instrument. The Vatican at the time said that the pope sustained minor injuries. However, after his death, the Vatican said that the injuries Paul VI suffered in that attack were life threatening, and that he was for a time in danger of death. I am hesitant to believe anything that comes from the Vatican, and I will close with a question: If insanity (or illness) would make pope Gallen’sgroup less culpable, what would be his excuse for when he was a priest, a bishop, a cardinal?

  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    If Paul Erhlich exiles himself from American citizenship and sovereign personhood, no one can prevent his defection. but Paul Erhlick is no longer an American citizen as he has declared himself a traitor to our Founding Principles.
    These are our Founding Principles. Live them, breathe them, share them. Criminals, outlaws and traitors be damned.

  • Our Founding Principles are ratified by every state. Paul Erhlich is free to leave and Paul Erhlich is free to get three quarters of the states to ratify his opinion. Paul Erhlich is entitled to his opinion. Paul Erhlich is not entitled to my free speech, nor to my America’s sovereign citizens.
    The Vicar of Christ in the Vatican is entitled to the Truth, the Life and the Way of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is not entitled to blare our faults in public. Defamation, calumny and detraction are sins.

  • James, you are right about the contact with Dr. Takanori Fukushima, a world-renowned expert in certain rare brain cancers, who was flown in the papal helicopter from his medical facility near the U. of Pisa medical school campus sometime in Sept or October 2015. Quotidiano Nazionale, the news source, reported it here:

    http://www.quotidiano.net/papa-tumore-1.1409653

    According to the source, “a small dark spot” was detected on one of the brain scans (probably a CAT scan). Several medical staff personnel saw the papal helicopter with the Vatican coat of arms land at the clinic (“Clinica San Rossore di Barbaracina”) helipad.
    ..
    My own research at that time turned up that Dr. Fukushima splits time between the Pisa faculty and Duke U. Medical School. A lady named Lori Radcliffe, who is a medical administrator and scheduler for Dr. Fukushima, at the time of the Quotidiano story, issued a denial of his meeting with the pope: however, she is in Raleigh, NC and couldn’t possibly know whom Dr. Fukushima is meeting at the time in Italy, and besides which for her to acknowledge meeting with P Francis, she would be violating HIPAA confidentiality rules, and so she has to deny it. Also, as though on cue, our friend, papal spokesman at the time, Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a parallel denial, “I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” However, subsequently other news sources produced photos showing a select papal audience with Dr. Fukushima meeting with P. Francis — so Lori Radcliffe had to issue a correction later, stating the audience was merely personal, Dr. Fukushima (who is not Catholic) somehow just wanting to meet the Pope up close and personal, and somehow angling a select papal audience (sometime in Sept-Oct. 2015). The facts don’t fit together.

    Now, around this time (2015) the pope was seen mysteriously stumbling when ascending steps on at least two different occasions (and photographed, so hard to deny it happened). Balance organs are likely to be affected when one has some kinds of brain cancer, depending on where it were to occur; also if he is receiving radiation therapy. However, if he has been receiving the latter, he would likely be unable to carry on regular daily functions.

    But more to my point, having worked with and virtually lived with a person that was concealing a slow growing brain cancer, one of the anomalies that started to develop with increasing frequency was outbursts of anger exhibited in strange statements and overt language. The person is trying to control his raging emotions, made more difficult by the cancer, and is unable to realize objectively that his behavior is becoming increasingly bizarre. The now famous “eating feces” comment (supposedly aimed at “fake news”) on or about Dec. 7, 2016 is salient. Were it not brain cancer, I would view it as advancing dementia. But there is ample evidence to conclude it was brain cancer.

  • Oh: One other thing: Fr. Lombardi’s statement (““I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” ) is a masterpiece in denial. “No Japanese doctor”—does that include a brain cancer expert? “No examinations of the type indicated?” Does that mean we haven’t specifically asked about a specific brain cancer examination of a certain specific type?
    The statement appears to be classic PR disinformation.

  • And another thing: Fr. Lombardi’s denial was that “no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican”. But the Quotidiano article described an examination of a high-level confidential patient at the Clinica at Pisa. Because many VIP movie-star-types and political leaders come to the particular clinic, no one apparently can see them entering and exiting the facility—esp. if they arrive by helicopter. However, the papal coat of arms on a helicopter is a little hard to explain.

  • Let’s just be grateful that he can’t invite the late Josef Mengele. Timothy R.

  • He may be struggling with mental illness, but what about those advisors and cardinals– they don’t all have spots on their brains.

  • Bumper sticker seen in Indianapolis : In large block letters, “QUESTION AUTHORITY”. In much smaller letters underneath : “Just don’t act like you’re questioning authority”. Timothy R.

  • And who will be the person who will destroy other persons to “save the planet”? Paul Erhlich needs to apologize to people for denying to them the existence of their immortal, rational, human soul and for trying to deny to them their FREEDOM.
    Pope Francis needs to explain why he is trying to create an abomination of nations to supplant divine Providence.

  • Years ago, when Al Gore was running for the position of Grand Luna Tick, he told a reporter that all of the animals in cages, around the World, should be set free and replaced with humans. Timothy R.

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January 15, 1943: Pentagon Dedictated

Sunday, January 15, AD 2017

Leslie Groves was not a pleasant man to work for, but if you wanted to get something done, he was the man to accomplish the seemingly impossible.  He demonstrated this twice during World War II:  spearheading the Manhattan Project and overseeing the construction of the Pentagon.  A ruthless driver of men, and a born problem solver, he managed to build the Pentagon under budget and in sixteen months, a project that was estimated initially to take four years.

Major General Kenneth Nichols, who worked under Groves summed up the man:

First, General Groves is the biggest S.O.B. I have ever worked for. He is most demanding. He is most critical. He is always a driver, never a praiser. He is abrasive and sarcastic. He disregards all normal organizational channels. He is extremely intelligent. He has the guts to make difficult, timely decisions. He is the most egotistical man I know. He knows he is right and so sticks by his decision. He abounds with energy and expects everyone to work as hard or even harder than he does. Although he gave me great responsibility and adequate authority to carry out his mission-type orders, he constantly meddled with my subordinates. However, to compensate for that he had a small staff, which meant that we were not subject to the usual staff-type heckling. He ruthlessly protected the overall project from other government agency interference, which made my task easier. He seldom accepted other agency cooperation and then only on his own terms. During the war and since I have had the opportunity to meet many of our most outstanding leaders in the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as many of our outstanding scientific, engineering and industrial leaders. And in summary, if I had to do my part of the atomic bomb project over again and had the privilege of picking my boss I would pick General Groves.

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  • If you have never watched the movie, “Fat Man & Little Boy”, order it and watch it ! It is well worth your “nickel”, Timothy R.

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Truth From an Archbishop

Sunday, January 15, AD 2017

 

 

I guess these days archbishops have to be retired before we can expect to here truth from them:

 

Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, said that Islam will soon become Europe’s main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.

Speaking to Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, the archbishop said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that are proper of paganism.

“All of this moral and religious decadence favours Islam.”

“We have a weak Christian faith,” he added. “The Church nowadays does not work well and seminaries are empty.

“Parishes are the only thing still standing. We need a true Christian life. All this paves the way to Islam. In addition to this, they have children and we do not. We are in full decline.”

 

The archbishop added that the problem is not just Muslim immigration. The number of Eastern Europeans arriving over the past few years has also hit the quality of life for native Italians, he said.

“We help without delay those coming from outside and we forget many poor and old Italians who are eating from the trash,” the archbishop said. “We need policies that take care of Italians first: our young people and the unemployed.

“I am a protester. If I were not a priest, I’d be out there demonstrating in the squares. What is the point of so many migrants that instead of thanking for the food we give them, they just throw it, spend hours with their cell phones and even organise riots?”

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  • So be it.

    The politically correct infestation that is fueled by liberial relativism and anti-Christian propaganda will level Europe.
    The help to pommel the once rich Christendom will be from the new Islamic conquests.

    We are seeing a rise in conversions from Islam to Christianity, as talking heads tell it on All Kresta’s afternoon program, but is it enough to slow down the tsunami hitting Europe? Probably not.

    What of America?
    Islamophobia and bigotry is what they call it when concerned American’s speak of better vetting operations and a slow down of importing Refugees.
    Common sense is a better definition.

    As far as the religious aspects, America too will have much to reclaim if Johnny and Sally do not teach basic Christianity and live it daily to their little ones…Of course they will be to politically correct to guide their children into belief systems.
    Our new Islamic State recruitment programs provided by mommy and daddy.

    So be it.

  • Vatican II with it’s emphasis on embracing the world and it’s values has succeeded marvelously. So marvelously in fact that nearly all semblance of Catholic thinking has disappeared. Gone is the Thomistic natural law basis for philosophical understanding, i.e., common sense. Gone is the understanding that the Catholic religious is unique and supreme. Gone is the truth about Islam spoken by many Popes in the past. Gone is the Catholic mission to convert the world.

    Instead what we have on the part of many leader in the Church a fatuous and wishy-washy political correctness and accommodation. But let us get to the point. What we have is the devil and his minions now controlling much of the Catholic Church. And the worst part few people of even concerned about like the proverbial mouse dying as the water temperature rises.

    Let us pray to Our Lady of Fatima for divine intervention where actions speak louder than words.

  • Italy has a Total Fertility Rate of 1.4 (just ahead of Germany (1.38) and Spain (1.32) A quarter of Italian women aged 45-55 are childless.
    Population decline is inevitable, as there are not enough women of child-bearing age to reverse it. The median age is 44.8 years.
    Italian is set to join Latin and Etruscan as dead languages, with Dante and Petrarch being read only by bored school-children.

  • Last week was what the USCCB termed Migration Week. Elements in the Catholic Church are not only complicit, but actively promoting this dilution of Christianity here. Catholic Charities has accepted millions from the traitorous most recent administration precisely to facilitate relocation of so-called immigrants, who are constantly proving to be terrorists. As was stated in this clip, the devil is in charge.

  • I’ve always held the belief that the radical islamists created chaos, torture and wars … not to take over their own lands, but for the very intent to push out their muslim faithful … creating a false parousia that forces islam into their enemy’s culture. Will we let it continue to take hold … or use it against them and watch good muslims convert to the one true faith? Only God knows.

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  • The virtue of charity is a personal decision between the giver and the receiver. Virtues may not be tyrannically imposed, not by bishops, nor clergy, nor politicians. Like tithing, the virtue of charity is to be determined by the parishioner or the citizen.
    Religion is not the realm of the state. Religion is a personal and intimate relationship with “their Creator”, God, The Supreme Sovereign Being. Charity begins at home.
    Involuntary charity imposed, is extortion. Where is RICO when you need them.

  • Mary De Voe wrote, “Like tithing, the virtue of charity is to be determined by the parishioner or the citizen.”

    Except that tithing was not “determined by the parishioner” for about a thousand years, beginning with an ordinance made by Charlemagne as King of the Franks, in a general assembly of his Estates, spiritual and temporal, in 778-779. The ordinance was in the following terms : “Concerning tithes, it is ordained that every man give his tithe, and that they be dispensed according to the bishop’s commandment.”

    A Capitular for Saxony in 789 appointed tithes to be paid out of all public property, and that all men, “whether noble, or gentle, or of lower degree,” should “give according to God’s commandment, to the churches and priests, of their substance and labour : as God has given to each Christian, so ought he
    to repay a part to God.”’

    A Capitular of 800 made the payment of tithes universal within the fiscal domain of the whole Frankish kingdom. We are told the reading of this Capitular was interrupted by loud and repeated cries from Pope Leo III and the assembled clergy of “Life and victory to our ever-august Emperor!”

    From this time onwards, therefore, payment of tithes was no longer a religious duty alone; it was a legal obligation, enforceable by the laws of the civil head of Christendom.

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The Worth of Man

Sunday, January 15, AD 2017

 

These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain unalienable rights; that among these are life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic  interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their  lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of  the Creator to His creatures. [Applause.] Yes, gentlemen, to  all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their  enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and  likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded,  and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole  race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized  upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide  their children and their children’s children, and the countless  myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise  statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity  to breed tyrants, and so they established these great  self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man,  some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that  none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look  up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to  renew the battle which their fathers began — so that truth,  and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues  might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would  hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles  on which the temple of liberty was being built.

Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858

 

 

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  • Multimillionaires and the hall of justice.

    Senators, Congressman and Governor’s.
    Of these nobel men and women how many are millionaires twice or twenty or 100 times over?

    I am not choosing to battle a class war with my inquiry, but I can’t help but wonder how many might easily define what Life… Liberty….And the pursuit of Happiness for the rabble who pinch pennies and clip coupons. For over forty years we have witnessed what Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness means for over 59 million aborted fetus’.

    Honorable men and women have wealth and are impeccable with their duty to improve the world around them with their abundance. It’s the Pelosi’s, Clinton’s and other worldly politicians that spit on the Great Declaration of Independence by promoting the sinful activity of demanding monies from taxpayers to fund Worse than Murder Inc.

    If Trump helps to defund this oppressive operation and paves the way for Pro-Life Supreme Court Justices, then my vote for him was one of the best votes I’ve casted in thirty years.

    Liberty and Justice for All…Born and unborn.

  • Worse Than Murder, Inc.would be considerably restrained, not only by cutting them off from the federal teat, but also by a concerted effort by us opponents to boycott their corporate sponsors. I believe these companies value profits over their perceived benevolence, and would cease funding PP if it affected their bottom line. Stop staying at Hilton’s and Marriots, using American Express, or shopping at Walgreen. And let their CEOs know why.

  • Edie Eason.

    Your correct.
    If enough of us boycotted them.
    A great venue to kick your idea off would be the March for Life. If all who attended would work hard at getting your idea out we could tighten the noose on PP.
    Corporate will listen to a decline in revenue!

  • I resisted for almost three days….
    How do you figure the worth of a man, in wealth or strength or size? Look at your life through heaven’s eyes….
    https://youtu.be/oG0a9WFkgzU

  • Philip: You have noted our Founding Principles with Justice. Would that those who would deny our Founding Principles fall on their own sword.

  • The Great Communicator, Abraham Lincoln, said it most graciously: “They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children’s children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages”.
    Our Founding Fathers included in The Preamble to our Constitution, as one of the principles, “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (Constitutional) Posterity…” Our “Posterity” are all future generations; future generations who are being aborted indiscriminately and unconstitutionally and slaughtered in the womb without being acknowledged and protected as wards of the Court.
    According to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the human being is self-determined. In his exercise of free will, the innate attribute of his rational, immortal, human soul, the human being chooses his pursuit of Happiness. The human being’s innate human rights become his civil rights. The sovereign person acknowledges his existence by saying: “I AM”.
    The animal pursues his life through instinct, unable to determine his destiny. The animal cannot reason.
    Father Robert Spitzer says that the animal cannot answer the question “who”, “what”, “when” and/or “where”. The animal cannot distinguish right from wrong, nor break any of the Ten Commandments, nor imagine or create music, nor can the animal express the concepts that the animal cannot entertain. The animal cannot contemplate his existence, its life and its death and address itself as “I AM”. The animal does not have a last will and testament.
    If anyone wishes to place humans and animals in the same category, they are free to expose themselves to such nonsense. They are not free to impose such tyranny on other sovereign persons, who in their sovereignty, institute the sovereign state.

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Requiescat In Pace: William Peter Blatty

Saturday, January 14, AD 2017

 

William Peter Blatty died this week at age 89.  He had a long career as a screenwriter and an author.  Despite his multiple marriages, his latest in 1983 and which would last to his death, Blatty remained a Catholic and in the latter part of his life a fervent one.  Best known as the author of The Exorcist Blatty often complained that the work was misunderstood.  He viewed its themes as being that there is a God and that the universe has a happy ending.  Most recently, he spearheaded a drive to have the Vatican find that Georgetown University, his alma mater, was in violation of its papal charter.  The Vatican in 2014 stated that the petition sent in by Blatty was well founded and then promptly did nothing.

 

 

“There it lies, I think, Damien … possession; not in wars, as some tend to believe; not so much; and very rarely in extraordinary interventions such as here … this girl … this poor child. No, I tend to see possession most often in the little things, Damien: in the senseless, petty spites and misunderstandings; the cruel and cutting word that leaps unbidden to the tongue between friends. Between lovers. Between husbands and wives. Enough of these and we have no need of Satan to manage our wars; these we manage for ourselves … for ourselves.”

William Peter Blatty, Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist

 

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  • A very depressing movie. In the end Satan wins, two dead priests and the family rejects God.

  • “In the end Satan wins, two dead priests and the family rejects God”

    All isn’t always as it seems….Satan never wins.

  • It showed the devil as ugly and evil; priests as having power through Christ; and was rebuke to the “oh so sophisticated” brand of post-conciliar Catholicism which was embarrassed by the devil (Fr. Damien and the piano-playing socialite Jesuit priest were dismissive of the idea of possession), it took an old-school Jebbie to come along and show the modern cynical priest the truth. I think it’s a great modern parable of faith vs. worldly unbelief.

  • Neither read the movie nor saw the book. RIP. Ora pro nobis.

    I have read “Possessed,” a 1993 book by Thomas B. Allen which recounts the true story behind “The Exorcist.” I thought it was good.

  • In the comic section of our Sunday paper, my favorite section, Opus once ordered two thousand nine hundred and sixty two Salad Shooters from Ronco. That’s the type of person who sits terrified thru demon-involved Glitterati assembly=line ( I can’t think of any more adjectives ) movies. Timothy R.

  • As a definitely naive youth attending St Louis University in the last 1970’s, one of the Jesuits one day pointed out to me the now-venerable but still quite impressive-looking Fr. William S. Bowdern, SJ, (d. Apr 25, 1983) as “The Exorcist” (principal exorcist) of the now-perhaps near-legendary 1949 “St Louis Case”. What stayed with me about Fr. Bowdern —whether I had known or not that he was “The Exorcist” —was that he conveyed a rare sense of great spiritual gravity about him, even the impression in his appearance of being of greater-than-average-height (even though he probably was only about 5′ 11″ or so) and great bearing in his slender frame, also an ascetic and profound gravity about him on the occasions I saw him outside Jesuit Hall at SLU, or at St Francis Xavier “College Church” on the campus, the latter a neo-Irish Gothic structure on the campus, at the rectory of which the exorcisms were conducted during the several months of exorcizing “Roland Doe” (one of the AKA’s of the possessed boy that was brought to the St Louis University Jesuits for help).

    I have only been around a few extraordinary Catholic priests in my life that had a “presence” that got your attention: Fr. Bowdern was one that I will never forget.

  • And I guess I have to say that I never bother to see the movie “The Exorcist” because I was pretty well-informed by some primary sources then among the St. Louis University Jesuits, who [then] were an impressive lot, about “the real exorcist” and the real case. One of the then-scholastics who were burly enough to hold down the boy (one on each limb) and were sometimes tossed flying by him, said that people don’t realize how exhausting exorcisms are—they go on for weeks, months, even into years—just about every evening (when things were quieter and the rectory door could be locked to keep matters away from ordinary typical daily parish business). It was physically and mentally exhausting, and just when things would calm down, the boredom would be ignited by a few minutes of extraordinary terror.

    However, the good side did win in the end, according to the real witnesses, unlike the contradictory outcome of the movie.

  • As to “reader’s” comment above regarding the book by Thomas B. Allen (“Possessed”), I would not consider his “take” on the matter as credible: he has an [atheist] axe to grind, I believe, and doesn’t think there could be anything supernatural going on in the St Louis –or any–Case. Allen interviewed the few still-living individuals, including Fr. Walter Halloran (d. 2005), a burly ex-football player who helped to hold down the boy—but Fr. Halloran was diffident with Allen about concluding anything supernatural occurred. However,that was typical, in my view, for Fr. Halloran.

    [ Fr. Halloran reportedly said, “No, I can’t go on record, I never made an absolute statement about the things because I didn’t feel I was qualified.” That was perfect for Allen’s pre-established rationalist atheist narrative. Those who cant admit the possibility of God and a warfare with a personal evil will always be confirmed in their pre-conceived results. Congratulations.]

  • And the Lord lamented, “My people perish from lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6 Timothy R.

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PopeWatch: Meryl

Saturday, January 14, AD 2017

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

Just moments after being honored at the Golden Globes for her lifetime of work, actress Meryl Streep took the opportunity to make a sustained attack on Cardinal Burke’s dubia.

In her four-minute address while accepting the award, the actress denounced Burke’s traditionalist rhetoric and criticized him for trying to bully the Pope.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. It was that moment when the person who once sat in one of the highest seats in the Vatican questioned Pope Francis. It kind of broke my heart when I read about the dubia and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. This instinct to humiliate and fraternally correct someone who hasn’t the power to answer the questions posed…it filters down into everyone’s spiritual life because it kind of gives permission for other people to dubia the Pope.”

Streep also went on to use her speech to highlight the importance of Catholic culture, pointing out how important it is, especially when it does not “in any way” intrude on the personal lives and choices of others.

“The Church is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, people they call nominals, and if you kick them all out of the communion lines, you’ll have nobody in your churches,” Streep said to huge applause from the room. “When the intellectually powerful use their position to bully others into justifying their actions, we all lose.”

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  • At least she didn’t say that half of us like to eat poop, and the other half aren’t really married.

  • This week’s great surprise was Piers Morgan incisively criticizing Streep’s attack on Trump showing that she and the globe audience gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation in ?2003.

  • ps…apparently Trump has repeatedly used this flailing arms motif while attacking a series of non disabled people throughout the years. Go here:
    https://www.catholics4trump.com/even-more-video-evidence-trump-did-not-mock-reporters-disability/

  • bill bannon.

    Good link, and point.

    Meryl and her Ilk lost and her little speech was a pathetic poke at the people’s choice.
    The “people” we’re the Deplorables that Mrs. Klingon so unashamedly blurted out.

    To the Hollywood crowd….Piss off with ya.
    Not very nice, I know, but they are infectious and their disease is killing the soul as well as the body. To hell with them!

  • I was about to cancel my ny times description until I checked their comments and they permit conservative criticism of themselves in the droves in comments. So I joined in and noted…” so Clinton lost because of Russian influence but wait….she also won the popular vote by several million…”

  • subscription not description.

  • We have discovered at least (each day more self-identify) three classes of people equally as out of touch with reality as are actors. They are college/university professors, college/university kids, and inmates of insane asylums

  • Now Trump is horrible for counterpunching John Lewis right before MLK day…lol. Lewis started it right before MLK day. Liberals want sacred cows to be able to hit Trump with no cost….kind of like hitjob welfare.

  • I admire Trumps raw ability to call a spade a spade. And to stand up to the covert bullying of the passive aggressive, lying left. He knows how to shut down his manipulative opposition with great skill. And I think many of his supporters feel personal gratification in the fact he responds with normal human anger; a reaction which most people would have when defending oneself from an attack. More politics should be played out like this. Less staged and managed. Less games….I hate games.

    Your concluding line, Donald McClarey, is brilliant!….”…PopeWatch called the Vatican for comment but was advised that the Pope was still recovering from viewing the film Florence Jenkins”

  • See Jim Carrey”s caricature of the Streep type in the movie “Mask”. “They love me ! Really love me !”
    Timothy R.

  • @David,
    About 100 up votes for you. That was a 10!

  • And besides, when you live in a Virtual World 99% of your life, you get to the point that you can do and say ANYTHING with impunity. Timothy R.

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Hail to the Chief

Saturday, January 14, AD 2017

 

 

 

Something for the weekend.  Hail to the Chief.  The Presidential anthem, it was written by James Sanderson in 1812 and became associated with the Presidency in 1815 to honor George Washington and the ending of the War of 1812.  Andrew Jackson was the first living president for which the song was played.  During the Civil War it was played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.  Chester A. Arthur did not like the song and had John Philip Sousa write a replacement, the Presidential Polonaise.  After Arthur’s term of office the Marine Corps Band went right back to playing Hail to the Chief to announce the President.  Here are the almost never sung, thank goodness, lyrics:

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.

Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!

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  • Between 1828 and 1969, there were 29 occupants of that office, of which one might have a congenial regard for about 8 (and no more than an academic interest in most of the remainder). Arthur’s one of the 8. Here’s hoping that a future president will put Hail to the Chief in the ashcan. For someone of my vintage, it evokes one of the more disagreeable features of the Nixon Administration: its perk madness. (Though I suspect an audit of the accounts would reveal that the Obamas have left the Nixons in the dust re high-living at public expense).

  • Since January 2009, I’ve replaced (in my mind’s ear) “Hail to the Thief” with Julius Fucik’s, “Entry of the Gladiators.”

  • Sounds like, and reminds me of, the “OOMPA” music played at Bier Stubes during “Fasching”.
    Timothy R.

  • And then, a fetching Fraulein, or maybe a Frau, in full costume, would step up to the mike and belt out a wonderful rendition of the song about “The Cuckoo Clock”. I still love that song. Timothy R.

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And So it Begins Again

Friday, January 13, AD 2017

(I ran this post on February 10, 2015.  An appellate court in Germany has affirmed the ruling of the trial court, finding that the arson attack on the Synagogue was a justified expression of criticism of the policies of Israel.  An appellate court in the Third Reich could not have improved on this justification of  violence against Jews.)

 

My advice to Jews in Germany, get out while you can:

 

A German court in the city of Wuppertal convicted two German Palestinians on Thursday of an arson attack on a Synagogue but denied the crime was motivated by anti-Semitism, prompting Green Party deputy Volker Beck to urge the court to designate the act as anti-Semitic.

The Wuppertal court sentenced the two men, ages 24 and 29, to a suspended prison term of one year and three months. The two men, along with an 18-year-old juvenile, in July tossed Molotov cocktails at the synagogue in Wuppertal, a city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of nearly 344,000. The court ordered all three to perform 200 hours of community service.

Beck said on Saturday the “attack on the Synagogue was motivated by anti-Semitism” and blasted the court for issuing a decision stating that the goal of the attack was to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict.” Israel, last summer, was involved a 50-day war in the Gaza Strip.

“This is a mistaken decision as far as the motives of the perpetrators are concerned. Therefore, I have written the prosecutor and called for the filing of a legal objection,” he said, adding that the burning of a synagogue in Germany because of the Middle East conflict can be attributed only to anti-Semitism.

“What do Jews in Germany have to do with the Middle East conflict? Every bit as much as Christians, non-religious people or Muslims in Germany, namely, absolutely nothing. The ignorance of the judiciary toward anti-Semitism is for many Jews in Germany especially alarming.”

The three German Palestinians caused €800 damage to the synagogue. The original synagogue in Wuppertal was burned by Germans during the Kristallnacht pogroms in 1938.

Go here to read the rest.  In the days of the Weimar Republic, Nazis who committed crimes, Hitler was a prime example of this, were given slap on the wrists sentences if their offenses could be interpreted as having a political motivation that the court thought praise-worthy.  This is precisely what happened in this case.  Europe in general is becoming a dark place for Jews as Islamic “immigrants” make their lives a living hell, often aided and abetted by home grown anti-Semites.  So, I think the Jews of Europe in general should be looking for a place of refuge.  This advice I would also give to believing Christians in Europe.  The hateful forces that use Jews as scapegoats never stop with Jews, but sooner or later attack Christians.

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  • This court decision is horrible. But I am willing to be that the court members who made the decision are not in the least believers in Naziism or in Anti-Semitism or Islam.

    Rather, I bet the court members made this decision based on their commitment to liberal/progressive concepts of fairness, mercy, redemption, and benevolence.

    But yes, the Jews of Germany had better flee Germany, because soon these liberal German leaders will be overthrown and replaced by Neo-Nazi German leaders. The Radical Secular Left will be cast out and replaced with the Radical Secular Right. Somehow the centrist, sensible, Catholic middle is going to get lost again in Germany, just as it was in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • I tend to agree with Jim Bob for a couple of reasons: 1). There may have more severe penalties if the crime was designated as Anti-Semitic given that the damages were relatively minor. 2). A finding of Anti-Semitism may have caused an uprising in the neighborhood. However, on the face of it this crime was clearly Anti-Semitic and will probably encourage similar acts in the future.

  • We might be looking at the beginning of a new Holiday in Germany. Let’s call it “Crystal Night”.
    Timothy R.

  • Jom Bob comments the court decision was made not but adherents of Nazism but by adherence of liberal progressivism. That is true on the face of it. But consider this. Nazism is the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Liberal progressivism is green on the outside, pink on the inside international socialism. The operative word is socialism. It is as diabolically evil as the demonic Islam possessing the men that were under trial.

  • I have never understood why there were thousands of College students, and College aged kids, rioting as the “Red Brigade” ( young communists ) in Berlin. As a member of our Military Police I had to help guard against them invading our Air Base. These riots were going on while their kinfolk, on the other side of the Wall, were being systematically slaughtered by the real communists For Seeking Freedom !
    Timothy R.

  • I’m also quite sure the court isn’t motivated by a hatred of the Jews; they just think that burning the holy place because of hatred of the faith would be more wrong than burning it because they think the Jews have wronged them, by action or inaction.
    … this is exactly why the demonization of the Nazis is such a really freaking bad idea. Hate is seldom divorced from a justification– it may be a false one, but there are always reasons.

  • ’m also quite sure the court isn’t motivated by a hatred of the Jews;

    The court has defined hatred of Jews as a form of legitimate political protest. We can draw our own conclusions.

    In New York, that crime would be at least a Class C felony for which the standard penalty is an indeterminate sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison. It’s not clear whether German statutory law is worthless or their judges are.

  • No, the court defined attacking members or property of a group that you disagree with or feel wronged by is acceptable.
    And it makes sense if you assume that there are other groups who would do it for totally without any sort of reason for their anger. Not without a good reason, but without reason.
    Germany outlawed talking about the excuses that their ancestors used to attack the Jews, disabled, resisting religious, etc, did they not?

  • No, the court defined attacking members or property of a group that you disagree with or feel wronged by is acceptable.
    And it makes sense i

    It’s a synagogue in the Ruhr Area, where there are perhaps 3,000 Jews, if that. It’s not the Israeli consulate (of which there is certainly one within 50 miles of the synagogue in question).

  • Irrelevant in the logic applied. It has a rational connection, it has a reason, so it’s not the boogieman of “racism.”
    They made a caricature so extreme, so divorced, that they can’t recognize the original subject. It’s like having mice in your house and you’re trying to look for Mickey Mouse to fight.

  • Of course it was anti-semitism.

    If you were mad at something the Italian government had done, would you vandalize the nearest Catholic church at hand?

  • ….you realize that people have attacked Mormons doing the door-to-door thing because of the California “gay marriage” opposition thing, right?
    They have a “reason,” instead of it being “just” hatred.
    Which is a foolish division, folks always have a reason…unless you’ve othered the guys who show exactly why hate is so bad so much that you cannot even understand they had reasons. It wasn’t bad because they didn’t have a reason, it’s bad because it was wrong.
    Look at the abortion debate, with the “kill the kid because he could be born disabled” folks, who can’t understand that they’re doing exactly what the Nazis did, and take outrage at it being pointed out.

  • Which all proves that we are incapable of governing ourselves. Please, Lord, come quickly ! Timothy R.

  • Irrelevant in the logic applied.

    Since the ‘logic’ is nonsense, I’m not applying it. Nor should any non-fool.

  • Then you will continue the rousing success of managing to pick fights with those who agree with you in your actively alienating those who disagree with you, due to exercising fallacies under the flag of not being a “fool,” creating even bigger messes for others to combat and making it so that scumbags like the Synagogue burning SOBs move on to more direct and larger harm before people are shocked into reconsidering the logic.
    Some of them will get locked into it by doing horrible things themselves, and not being strong enough to say “I was wrong. This is a bad thing. It must stop.” Instead, they will viciously attack anyone who steps near that sore spot where they can feel that if what that person says is true, then they are wrong– and they won’t be able to argue against it rationally, just lash out, because the person is telling the truth.
    Just like with abortion.

  • Foxfier, I am not responsible for coping with your moods. Someone else’s job.

  • Stay on topic folks and no personal attacks.

  • The Lord said, that anyone who curses the Jews will be cursed. Perhaps Germany”s tragic immigration mess is the start of that curse. Timothy R.

  • The Lord said, that anyone who curses the Jews will be cursed.

    Hm… you know, that’s kind of the founding myth for Islam, isn’t it? They’re Ishmael’s heirs, the Jews are from Isaac. And they’re still holding a grudge.

    And look at what it’s gotten them; Israel makes the desert bloom. Christian nations feed the world, bring back the mostly dead, do all sorts of faint echos of Christ… and their cultures send off their own children to slaughter others by suicide.

  • Genesis 12:3 Timothy R.

  • The Bible describes Ishmael as ” a donkey of a man”; and tells us that “his hand was against all of his brothers, and all of his brothers was against him.” Sounds like someone that should be on our modern
    “No Fly List”, does it not ? Timothy R.

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  • I’m trying to picture the average suicide-belt user, waking up in Sheol, and asking “Allah” where his 72 virgins are. Timothy R.

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One Response to Quotes Suitable for Framing: Robert Bolt

  • Watching this video made me think of Abraham Lincoln’s stand against President James K. Polk in the winter of 1847-48.

    Unlike St. Thomas More, Lincoln did not suffer martyrdom for his stand against an immoral “king,” though of course some would say that Lincoln did indeed became a martyr for the truth 17 years later.

    The St. Thomas More quote given under the video was:
    “Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And if it is round, will the King’s command flatten it? No, I WILL NOT SIGN.”

    How similar that is to what Abraham Lincoln said in his debate with Stephen Douglas regarding his characterizing as “sheerest deception” President Polk’s justification for the 1846 invasion of Mexico:
    “whenever the Democratic party tried to get me to vote that the war had been righteously begun by the President, I WOULD NOT DO IT. ”

    St. Thomas More died to live as a witness to the principle that whenever Divine Law comes into conflict with the Law of Men, Divine Law must be obeyed.

    Abraham Lincoln, during both the Mexican War and during the War Againt the Southern States Rebellion, took a strong stand as a witness to the principle that the law of the U.S. Constitution, read in light of the common law inherited from England, must be obeyed as the only basis for civilization, peace, democracy, republicanism, human dignity, progress and prosperity.

    Where are the St. Thomas More’s and Abraham Lincoln’s of today?

    Is there a anyone of the caliber of a St. Thomas More or Abraham Lincoln in the White House? In the U.S. House of Representatives? In the U.S. Senate? In the Vatican? Rome? Moscow? Berlin? London? New York City? Paris? Madrid? Anywhere?

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